The Armed Forces of Iran are strong enough and enjoy the determination to head off any threat posed by enemies, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said in a statement on July 22.
“When a ship carrying Iran’s oil is illegally impounded, we swiftly deal with their illegal activities in the Persian Gulf, which means the Islamic Republic has the will and power to respond to any threat,” Hatami said commenting on the recent seizure of the British tanker.
On July 19, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said that it had captured the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero for breaching international maritime law while crossing the Strait of Hormuz. The British side described this action as illegal.
This seizure of Stena Impero took place two weeks after British forces seized the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 and its cargo of 2.1 million barrels of Iranian oil in the Strait of Gibraltar under the pretext that the supertanker had been suspected of carrying crude to Syria in violation of the European Union’s sanctions.